‘Timeless charm and sophistication’: James Bond’s ‘thrill’ of driving an Aston Martin DB5

Bradley Walsh explains why he built a James Bond inspired car

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After more than two years after it was first announced, No Time To Die was released at the end of September, to excellent reviews, praising the storytelling, actors performances and the cars on show. Aston Martin showed off its impressive line-up of cars, ranging from some Bond classics to an outrageous hypercar seen as the future of the brand.

The new film sees four Aston Martins on screen, the classic DB5, the V8 Saloon, the DBS Superleggera and a new supercar, the Valhalla.

These four were chosen to highlight Aston Martin’s history with the Bond franchise and how they look to honour the past, present and future.

The V8 Saloon has been a stalwart in the 007 franchise since its introduction in the 1987 Timothy Dalton-led The Living Daylights.

Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera made a brief appearance in the trailer, being driven by Bond’s new colleague, Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

It has a top speed of 211mph and 715 brake horsepower, with it battling for screen supremacy with the £600,000 Valhalla, which is capable of going zero to 60 in just 2.5 seconds.

The Aston Martin DB5 is almost as well-known as Bond himself, with many calling the car its own character, having been unveiled as such before when Sam Mendes worked on Skyfall and Spectre.

A new book, James Bond’s DB5 by Will Lawrence and Simon Hugo, breaks down the iconic car, from the origin of Aston Martin in the 1910’s to its first appearance in Goldfinger to its enduring legacy as Bond’s go-to car.

It contains anecdotes from some of the most important people involved with the Bond franchise, all heralding Aston Martin and the DB5 for the impact it has had on screen and behind the scenes.

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Its first appearance in Goldfinger contains some of the most iconic automotive sequences in cinema history.

Bond can be seen driving away from Oddjob as his DB5 uses an array of gadgets to escape, including a smoke screen and an ejector seat, which is put to great use.

Aston Martin originally agreed to lend two cars to EON productions in late 1963, and invested around £25,000 in the customisation of the prototype DB5 which was reserved for special effects shots only.

The car as well as the film became an instant worldwide hit with more than 5,000 eager fans waiting outside the premiere in London just to catch a glimpse of the DB5.

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